Arise and Shine: Laments from the Darkness,
Songs of the Light
by Laura Schultz
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''After a year-long search to find the publisher that was right for me, I connected with Silver Bow Publishers in Canada. The title of my debut collection of poetry is "Arise and Shine: Laments from the Darkness, Songs of the Light." The book is a tribute to my recently deceased mother who was a renowned painter and sculptor. Thus most of the pictures are those of her paintings that were displayed in galleries all over the country.
Endorsements have been pouring in. For example, the New York Times best-selling novelist, Beth Hoffman says of this collection, “In her generous and heartfelt collection of poems, Laura Schultz urges us to look up, to dive deep, and to venture within so that we might embrace the joys, pain, and wonderment of all that we are, have been, and hope to become.” —Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
This collection is a visual journey through poems that range from “Solitary Tears” to “Transfiguration” and is a transformative experience along the path to the formation of personal empowerment through discovering one’s voice. The purpose of writing it was to provide both enjoyment and inspiration to those who have or will encounter challenges as well as those who have overcome them. For those of us who have wrestled their inner demons and triumphed in the end, I believe most people can relate to the losses and overcoming them that are contained herein. I also trust that this collection of poems can provide guidance and hope to those still struggling to find their unique voice.
As a licensed psychotherapist for over 25 years, I’ve witnessed firsthand a myriad of broken relationships, depression, addiction and the correlating sorrow involved for all concerned. I, too, struggled with my own issues with depression and serious physical challenges as well as lost love and deep sorrow. Though over the years, I have facilitated positive outcomes for people in crisis, I decided to write about these challenges and my own as a universal via verse.
Hiding in Plain Sight: The Psyche of Serial Killers
by Laura Schultz
“You feel the last bit of breath leaving their body. You’re looking into their eyes. A person in this situation is God. Sometimes I feel like a vampire and I like to kill. I’m the most cold-blooded sonofabitch you will ever meet. We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. AND there will be more of your children dead tomorrow. I wouldn’t trade the person I am or what I’ve done for anything. So I don’t think about it. And at times it’s a rather mellow trip to lay back and remember”.
“I love to kill people. I love watching them die. I’d shoot them in the head and they would wiggle and squirm all over the place and just stop. Or I’d cut them with a knife and watch their faces turn real white. I love all that blood.”
---Richard Ramirez, aka The Night Stalker
Published in Poetry Anthology
My poetry is now published in an international poetry anthology entitled "Sudden Thunder". As the only poet in the U.S. asked to contribute, I am really honored to be a part of this book. Thanks to all the great poets who contributed to this powerful anthology and the publishers Ken Ader and Candice James at Silver Bow Publishing. The link to purchase is http://www.alibris.com/booksearch.detail?invid=10812851902
Border Town Ballad
Growing up in a border town, California in the 1950’s was the best of times—and a time of great awakenings for all of us country folks as well as the nation. The town of my youth, El Centro, was a thriving hub of California’s agriculture that was often referred to as “The winter salad bowl.” The mostly family owned farms grew ¼ of the nations’ fresh vegetables, particularly lettuce. It was a magical playground for kids in the country. Our town was a place of extremes where summer days withered under scorching heat and most of us tried to drench ourselves in a neighbor’s cool, refreshing swimming pool. The sounds of the days were filled with the growl of farm machinery and the nights were filled with cricket songs.
Killing for Attention: Munchausen by Proxy
As a psychotherapist for over 20 years, I find that many disorders of the mind labeled as mental illnesses are both fascinating and complex. One disorder in particular, is as interesting as it is bewildering. Munchausen Syndrome is so named after Baron von Munchausen (a German nobleman who was a teller of tall tales and became a central character in children’s stories) but the official diagnosis is that of a psychiatric disorder, which may include symptoms of pretending to be mentally ill.
The Writer’s Guide to Psychology: How to Write Accurately about Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior
Is the term “nervous breakdown” an accurate description of what can happen to someone under stress and who might be struggling with a major depression or panic attacks? Is mental instability an ingredient in the psyche of a creative mind? Are the characters depicted in popular films and books accurate portrayals of actual, real-life psychiatric disorders?
Attaining Joy: The Hidden Secrets
For decades, men and women alike have repeatedly asked the daunting question, “What is joy, how does one attain it and can it last, particularly during tumultuous times”? Though it is true on average that people are happier in societies where the government functions well and people feel they have a voice, it appears that joy does not depend on socio-economic conditions but more on a persons’ personality. Unlike happiness which may depend on a person’s outer circumstances and their perception of “the good life” which is fleeting, joy is found at a persons’ innermost essence. J